​National Rural Health Day


Thursday, November 15, 2018

10:00AM – 1:00PM




The Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH​), National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders “Celebrate the Power of Rural” during annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, 2018.


Maryland’s rural communities are wonderful places to live, work, and visit.  They are also communities where healthcare providers have the opportunity to provide innovative, affordable, and holistic primary care – a model for the rest of the country to follow as America transitions to a population, wellness-based system of health care.


NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase the good work of America’s 60 million rural citizens and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those concerns. At the same time, National Rural Health Day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of the unique healthcare issues being faced by rural citizens, particularly healthcare access and affordability issues. 

Events recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” are being planned throughout the nation. SORH is planning to mark the occasion by receiving a proclamation from Governor Larry Hogan declaring November 15, 2018 Maryland Rural Health Day and a webinar to celebrate this event. While we know a lot of work needs to be done to improve access to care in our rural communities, SORH would like to take this opportunity to offer a webinar to highlight some fundi​ng opportunities as well as projects that are happening within some parts of rural Maryland.


Webinar Documents: 

1. Agenda​

2. Presentation Slides

3. Video Links

To Participate: 

1.   Dial in  +1-240-454-0887, and enter access code 647 888 770 

2.  Click here to join the webinar on November 15th, and enter access code 647 888 770 ​

Problem joining the meeting?

Please be sure to use Chrome or Internet Explorer when joining this webinar. For more Webex help click here.

Don't forget to visit Power of Rural to take the Pledge to Partner!​

Meet Our Presenters: 

 Amanda Holden has been with the Worcester County Health Department's Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program (LSHIAP) since November of 2016. Amanda graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and later plans to pursue her Master's Degree in Social Work. Amanda values being a part of her local community, and providing assistance to people whenever and wherever she is able to. She received The President's Volunteer Service Award as well as a Senatorial Citation in 2007 & 2008 for her service in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. In addition to providing Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County residents with assistance in enrolling in health insurance, Amanda is also responsible for coordination of attendance of events throughout our local community and for marketing and outreach efforts for the program as well. 

Amber Starn is the epidemiologist for the Charles County Department of Health. She has over ten years’ experience working in the public health arena as an epidemiologist, grant writer, health educator, and clinical researcher. Ms. Starn is the program manager for the Charles County Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program. She also serves as the chair for the Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County, the local health improvement coalition and is in the first cohort of the Maryland Departmen​t of Health and Mental Hygiene's Quality Improvement Council. Amber has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from West Virginia University. She received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Kentucky: College of Public Health with a major of Epidemiology. In addition to her work at the health department, Amber serves as a consultant to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and has completed the 2012, 2015, and 2018 Charles County Community Health Needs Assessment Reports. 

Dr. Barbara Brookmyer serves as the lead health official for Frederick County.  In the role of Health Officer, she directs the Frederick County Health Department’s seven divisions and their numerous programs including immunizations, WIC, cancer prevention, emergency preparedness planning, children’s dental services, well and septic inspections, substance abuse prevention, mental health counseling, school health services, and programs for developmentally disabled children. Dr. Brookmyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in toxicology from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now University of Sciences Philadelphia) and her medical degree from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia.  She earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University in before completing residency training in Family Medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. Dr. Brookmyer previously served as Deputy Health Officer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Somerset County and Dorchester County.  Additionally, she worked as a family physician in the migrant and community health centers in both of those counties.  Her commitment to public service led her to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration where she developed policies to increase the availability of primary care clinicians and other health professionals in underserved areas, enhance the diversity of the health professions, and improve the quality of health care.  Dr. Brookmyer served as co-chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Health Officials Committee from July 2016 to June 2018 and served a two-year term as vice president and then president of the Maryland Association of County Health Officers from January 2007 to December 2010.  Dr. Brookmyer also served as a co-coach in the Council for Excellence in Government’s Fellowship Program from September 2001 through September 2002 following completion of the fellowship the year before.  She also completed the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship Program in 2000.
Charlotte Davis has over 20 years of professional experience in government, advocacy and political consulting.  She has spent over ten years working within the Maryland General Assembly most recently as Chief of Staff for a Committee Chair.  She has experience in non-profit management, managing a small organization dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland.  She holds a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a MA in Government from Johns Hopkins University.  She lives in Middletown, Maryland with her husband and two sons.

Dr. Fredia Wadley is a Pediatrician who spent 28 years of Public Health in Tennessee working in rural, urban and state settings, with last 8 Commissioner of TN Department of Health. Dr. Wadley worked 12 years’ in Quality Health Strategies, Easton, MD with the last 5 years as CEO.  The contracts included Quality Improvement Organization, Data analytics, utilization review, External Quality Review of Medicaid MCOs, population health, and more. Currently, Dr. Wadley is the Health Officer of Talbot County and has assumed this role since October 2015. She managed primary care and dental clinics in rural and urban health departments & correctional health service rural and urban areas. She is also a part of the Board of Directors for Corporation managing five rural hospitals. She serves as a Pediatric faculty of UT Center of Health Science and Adjunct faculty along with three other medical and nursing programs. She also Co-Chaired United Way of Middle TN Success by Six Initiative with Tommy Frist, CEO of HCA at the time and implemented integrated educational, medical and social services.

Dr. Hoai-An​ Truong has been public health pharmacist and educator over thirteen years. He provided patient-centered care in interprofessional clinics to optimize medication use and health outcomes, as well as developed and implemented population-based programs to improve community health. He has served as coordinator and preceptor for pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health students on multiple medical missions to Haiti and Vietnam. Currently professor and director of public health at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Dr. Truong was founding chair of the Eastern Shore Collaborative for Interprofessional Education (ESCIPE), an interprofessional, inter-institutional initiative with Salisbury University. As a practitioner-educator, he provided medication management to improve healthcare access for underserved populations in interprofessional clinics of the Primary Care Coalition. The team received a Life-saving Patient Safety Award and was featured in Pharmacy Today magazine in 2012. He is also a trainer for the American Pharmacists Association’s medication therapy management national certificate program and trained over 600 pharmacists. Dr. Truong published over twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented at multiple national and international conferences. He is co-editor and co-author of a book, The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Application, and Opportunities, published by the American Pharmacists Association in 2010. He is past chair of the Public Health Special Interest Group (PHSIG) of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). He is past president of the Maryland Public Health Association, past president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and past president of the Alumni Association of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Hoai-An received the Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award from the U.S. Public Health Service, Excellence in Innovation Award from the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.

Lara Wilson is the Executive Director of the Maryland Rural Health Association. She was previously the Senior Director of Grant Development and Administrator for Hospital Owned Physician Practices for Garrett Regional Medical Center in Garrett County. Lara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her master’s degree in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University. Lara feels strongly about advocating for improved health care in rural communities and seeks to work diligently with organizations to increase access to care for the most vulnerable populations.

Mark Luckner has been the Executive Director of the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission since 2009. He previously served as senior policy adviser on health care, human services, and public safety issues for Governor Martin O'Malley's StateStat program and legislative aide in the Maryland House of Delegates for eight years, including six years as Assistant-to-the-Chairman for the Health and Government Operations Committee. He has a B.A. in American Government from Georgetown University and M.A. in American Government from Johns Hopkins University.  

Scott LeRo​y was appointment in 2017 as Health Officer after spending 25 years in Public Health in Connecticut,12 years as the Director of Health & Human Services for Danbury, CT in Fairfield County with approximately 100,000 population. He is a graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a M.P.H.; from New York Medical College with a M.S. in Experimental Pathology; completed the yearlong CDC EPHLI program and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in HKS Executive Ed.